Hotpoint parts and spares in Liverpool, Merseyside, with MDA Spares

 

 

Hotpoint Washing Machines

 

Some History

 

Hotpoint domestic appliances. Early models are amongst the most reliable appliances produced in this country. The main factory was in Wales, and many thousands of those washing machines made in that factory are still in kitchens and laundry rooms up and down the country and Europe and indeed throughout the world.

 

These appliances - Washing Machines, Tumble dryers are still being serviced and repaired by our engineers. Some washing machines are 20 years and older. The very early one were badged English Electric, later they were also badged Jackson, Gala and when Hotpoint took over Creda they also were badged Creda also.

 

The Washing Machines

 

The motors that powered these washing machines were GEC (Hotpoint’s parent company) and probably one on the best and most reliable washing machine motors ever made. They were reaction motors - that is motors with carbon brushes running on a commutator rather than an induction motor that is capacitor fed.

 

These motors would run without failure until the carbon brushes wore down to nothing and then by simply replacing the brush gear the motor would run until the same happened again.

 

Our engineers have gone out to the same appliance to replace the brush gear every four or five years over the course of fifteen years and there has in that time, been no other faults with the appliance. Carbon brushes that wear down are just like your car tyres wearing down; it is not a fault but a natural result of use.

  

Eventually the commutator would wear down and then the carbon brushes would last a shorter time as they were running on a smaller circumference and then the armature itself would eventually fail and a replacement armature would need to be fitted.

 

Hotpoint no longer supply this part however the part is available in a generic version and available through mdaspares.co.uk it is a successful replacement.  From time to time our engineers would be called out to Washing Machines of other manufacturers and find this very successfully motor fitted.

 

Before Creda was taken over by GEC Hotpoint, the washing machine range had this motor fitted - however, on the Creda machines it was fitted under the drum - unlike Hotpoint and later

Creda/Hotpoint machines where the motor was fitted on top of the drum.

    

A revolutionary Design

   

It was the GEC Hotpiont machines that had the motor on top of the drum. The very last of the 1800 series and all of the 95series and later WM series also Creda models 1700 series in the case of washer dryers the models started 99 on the very early models and WD on the later models. All these appliances had the motor on top of the drum. This has made it easy for  the staff of our retail stores department to  identify which type of carbon brushes a customer will need by simply asking the customer is the motor on the top of the drum or not?

     

 A Very Clever, but simple idea

  

 By putting the motor on top of the appliance  Hotpoint totally avoided any chance of water leakage from the drum or indeed any other part of the appliance damaging the motor or shorting the motor and with it the rest of the machines circuits , (a very common fault with most other machines)

 

Another advantage of putting the motor on top was to make the appliance very easy to work on when in need of repair. The GEC motor carbon came in a plastic holder that easily slid out from the motor casting A-Frame, making it possible to fit replacement brush gear without removing the motor from the drum. The whole repair could be done by simply removing the lid of the appliance which in a wash room very often did not require moving the appliance at all.

 

Molded plastic outer Drum

 

Hotpoint was also one of the first, (if not the first) to introduce the molded plastic (Polythene) outer tub to its washing machine range. This light weight tub had a steel insert molded into it, to carry the drum bearings through which the drum support shaft passed with another good idea of a screw on drive pulley at the back with a securing nut. Most other manufacturers use a pulley that is pushed on to two flats on a shaft or on to a splined shaft and held in place with a bolt. Unlike many other machines this screw on pulley tended never to come loose.

 

Yet another very good idea

 

The inner drum was accessible from the front of the machine. As in all kitchens, the front of the appliance where all the controls are always accessible - to be able to service the appliance without having to pull it out and turn it round, (Something difficult to do with water fill pipes and drain pipes attached) It was a really good idea.  

 

An easy to remove front was fitted to all the 95.99.WM,WD and W Creda models. This easy to remove front revealed all the tub electrical, eg Thermostat, heater and the pressure bottle.

 

With the front panel removed it was very easy to fit a new door seal or heater element, and also to unblock the pressure bottle; something that in high lime areas was necessary sometimes - though Hotpoint later produced a modified pressure bottle that tended never to block up.

 

The front of the outer tub was held on with something that looked like the clips that used to be put on paint tins to be sure the lid not come off - another very good idea (no nuts and bolts to undo or to rust-up).

 

The inner drum was stainless steel and unlike most modern washing machines the paddles were part of the drum itself and not plastic inserts that can tend to come off especially – i.e. if training shoes are washed. Our parts dept sell many hundreds of drum paddles and lifters of different types for many modern machines nowadays (something that was not necessary for these machines). These machines made in Wales were not only amazingly reliable, easy to repair but also very robust.

 

This inner drum had a bearing support spider unit with three legs attaching it to the drum and steel shaft that passed through the bearings to the drive pulley at the back. It was so easy to remove and again made repair simple and quick.

 

The drum was supported on the very early machines by three shock absorbers and then two on the later models. Again these parts lasted a very long time and in many cases after many years the chassis of the machine would fail through metal fatigue before the shock absorbers would wear out. On early models Hotpoint

made a modification bracket to repair this fault. Hotpoint was

always looking for ways to improve the build of their appliances - the longest lasting (a really good company ethic that made the name of Hotpoint respected many years thereafter).

 

Saving the Planet, eco friendly

 

These early models may not have all the energy saving features that modern appliances have, but most of them have a half load button, which was low fill. However, our engineers have seen many cases of these appliances outlasting as many four other machines, and people giving them away to get a more up to date (More modern coloured and looking machine) and then regretting it when their new appliance fails after a comparatively short time and the neighbour or friend they gave the washing machine to is still enjoying repair free washing with their old machine!

 

As far as saving the planet goes and making the most of our planets limited resources, this washing machine has and still does its bit.

 

Whenever one of our engineers attend a repair or advise a repair on one of these good old appliances, we always advice the customer to hang on to the machine as long as possible because parts are still available and repair is usually always value for money in comparison with the lack of longevity experienced by many who buy new appliances after throwing away a potentially easily and repairable early Hotpoint or Creda Washing Machine.

 

If you have one of these old domestic appliances that needs repair, don’t think it had its day. It was made and designed to last many days and many years.